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President's Pastor-in-Chief Moves On

The head of President Obama's Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships is moving on. Joshua DuBois has held the position since the beginning of President Obama's first term. He was just 26 years old when he took the job.

DuBois is leaving on his own, the president had made it clear he wishes he'd stay.

"Before I begin, I hope people don't mind me taking a moment of personal privilege,"the president said at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday.

"I want to say a quick word about a close friend of mine and yours, Joshua Dubois. Now, some of you may not know Joshua, but Joshua has been at my side -- in work and in prayer -- for years now. He is a young reverend, but wise in years. He's worked on my staff. He's done an outstanding job as the head of our Faith-Based office.

"Every morning he sends me via email a daily meditation -- a snippet of Scripture for me to reflect on. And it has meant the world to me. And despite my pleas, tomorrow will be his last day in the White House. So this morning I want to publicly thank Joshua for all that he's done, and I know that everybody joins me in wishing him all the best in his future endeavors -- including getting married. (Applause.)"

DuBois is generally well liked in Washington, known for his kindness and professionalism. Beltway Buzz is interviewing DuBois next week. Standby for his thoughts on four years inside the Executive Branch and his service as a spiritual advisor to President Obama.

Meanwhile, Beltway Buzz's colleague, The Brody File, interviewed DuBois in 2009. Watch Brody’s story of how DuBois found Jesus and why he became a political activist.

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# RE: President's Pastor-in-Chief Moves On

One way to cut the number of abortions in this country de-fund Planned Parenthood. I guess that Pastor Dubois failed to convince the President about marriage as between man and woman along that life begins at conception not birth. I think money talks louder to a politician than a man of faith. Too bad. Thanks for trying. This man sounds like a very sincere man of God. He has good parents too.
Left by KellieC on Feb 08, 2013 11:34 AM

# RE: President's Pastor-in-Chief Moves On

what I had wanted from this article was some reason for the depaeture,and any information about his replacement.Christianity Today had a few articles,somewhat surprising,perhaps,as to the deep Faith commitment that Mr.Oboma has,boarding on the evangelical.There are definite articles of Faith in the Christian Church ,with different interperations,but there is not a lintinus test when it comes to political issues-something often forgotten,unforchuntly.Cal Thomas recently did a moving tribute to Geo.McGovern"s memory.
Left by stanley Trent Bemis on Feb 08, 2013 7:31 PM

# RE: President's Pastor-in-Chief Moves On

KellieC in useing the words "I think money talks louder to a politician than a man of Faith.."and "too Bad>thanks for trying.''exhibits a predjuiced attitude towards the president,and while complimentingDubOIs is really seeking(conchiously or unconchiously)to undermine what he's said,which is that he related to the President because he was seen as a man of Faith himself.One does not need to be a pastor to be "a man of Faith."IN Christianity,particularly Protestanism,we have what is called "the priesthood of all believers",and even such an outspoken opponent to MR.Oboma as Franklin Graham has recognized The president as a Christian.The interesting question is who will be the pastor"s replacement in office?3
Left by stanley Trent Bemis on Feb 09, 2013 11:24 AM